Walk/ run is a very reasonable way to build the long slow runs, and something like a 30 second walk break at each mile marker ( ie about 11mins running, then 30 sec walking) is a great way to complete a marathon . Some people think it isn't "really" running a marathon, but I susupect that everyone who takes more than 4 hr to finish, is walking at some point (I've done 4:20 with regular walk breaks in the past).
Find something sensible to eat and/ or drink- you might need some elctrolytes, or something less sugary, - I swear by Clif bars- not easy to eat while running, but stoppong for a walk break, and taking a small mouothful every 2 or 3 miles works for me.
Wow- Alan- well done on the win! The course for the clyde marathon was probably a pretty good one for a decent time, I thought- although I suppose the spiral bridge would be a bit tricky to negotiate at top speed. I enjoyed my race, especially as it was very much on home territory for me- I run from Bowling up and down the canal all the time, plus I've done the clyde stride enough times to know the cambuslang to partick bit well. You will have missed the yellow- clad Beatson Walkers, - an extra obstacle for us slower runners!- all adds to th evariety.
So I've a blister under a toenail- annoying, as it's simply due to laziness, failing to trim my nails before the race- it will probably stop me running far a few more days, so I suppose an enfored recovery before starting trainig for the 33 miler in 6 weeks, is fair enough.
That video's enough to put you off- all those elite runners collapsing everywhere! Only 1 collapsing runner at the end of my race today- and it wasn't me! I finished in 4:28, which is an OK time ofr me, and felt failry comfortable throughout- calfs tightening up a bit at the end necessitating a coupld of walk breaks, but I was never reduced to the ussua death march. Was able to run a failrly even-paced race.
Well done on the top placing, Muddy. Pity about the lack of a prize.
I came 5th today in my category ( F V 50-I think ther may only have been 7 of us!)
So- a week's rest, then back into it for my next race!
Well done on the 10k , HM4- sounds a bit chaotic with no Tshirts. That's one hell of a run without fluid, Olliepop- would kill me, I think!
My marathon was fine- best time for a couple of years at 4:28..... - I know that's inconceivably slow for most if you, but I'm happy enough. Fast flat course, all on tarmac, but off road ( linking 3 different long distance paths). Only issue was the 2,000 charity walk fundraisers on the same bit of path, I only ccame close to being tipped into the canal once, by a not- very vigilant dog owner and her hound. Happy with my time. Feet a bit grupmy- blister for the first time in years, but that's the price of running on tarmac, I guess.
Next........................6 weeks to the next ultra, as far as I remember- hilly 33 miler. - Better get out into the hills again, then.
31.7 miles for the week will be more than enough to get you round the half, the major risk is an over- use injury- these tend to strike about 4-6 weeks after you start. Don't push more and more every week, take it easy!
If you are already able to run about 10 miles, the half will be perfectly do-able. Obviously you'll have more confidence if you've been over- distance before the race, but don't worry if you don't manage too many of these. Remeber that you will want to ease up the long run the week or 2 before the race, so you go in with fresh legs.